Micky makes it look easy at Observatory

Micky Hough set the clubhouse lead with his 66 at Observatory Golf Club on Tuesday, which put him a stroke clear at the R100,000 Sunshine Big Easy Tour tournament, presented by Stonehage.

The Zimbabwean played his national open at the weekend, finishing tied 63rd alongside Michiel Bothma at Royal Harare Golf Club.

He continued the run of good form at Observatory on Tuesday, reaching six-under-par without a drop on the card. The opening round started well for Hough, who birdied the first and made two further birdies before turning at three-under.

He continued to score and made birdies at 13 and 15 before carding a final red number at the 18th to finish six below the card.

Also in the early chase was Rocky Tlhabanyane, who has plenty of experience around the 6428-metre parklands layout. The Sunshine Tour veteran’s experience paid dividends when he overcame a bogey at the first and went on to sign for 67 and an early share of second.

Also tied for second was Coenie Bester, who had a rollercoaster front nine, which included two eagles, two bogeys and a birdie.

Seasoned campaigners Divan Gerber, Ryan Tipping and Steven Ferreira were shared fourth with rookieJacques Kruyswijk at lunch time.

There are plenty of stories of the Big Easy Tour aiding youngsters on the main tour, but early on Tuesday it was Hough’s experience on the main tour that gave him the edge at Big Easy Observatory. He’ll need to keep up the pace if he wants the title, because last year the winning total was 15-under-par.

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